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ORPHE…: Confused

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Dark / Gothic / Wave / New Wave / Dark Wave / Industrial Gothic
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Jul 21 2005
Artist: ORPHE… (@)
Title: Confused
Format: CD
Label: Calyx Records (@)
Distributor: Nova Media
Well, finally I am a bit confused. ORPHEÉ play a mix taken from influences of Pop, EBM, Industrial, Wave, Grunge and Nu Metal, so it is written down in the info sheet of this release. And so we have here my problem, because this mix is really not my cup of tea. What I surely can say is that elements with the big notion "EBM" are definitivly not present here. Four band members hailing from the north-east of Germany on which two are guitarists – well, slowly I get what market this should be able to serve. Take a hint of RAMSTEIN, mixed with some real Gothic/Wave attitudes, mixed again with MAINSTREAM infiltrated accoustic elements plus a very good vocalists who is able to give a whole boring track some personality and you got it. Some good tracks are present here, the opener "Exit" for sure, the smooth "Friends for Life" with an excellent melodic refrain and maybe "Black Breathe". As I said – this is not my battlefield, but I can realize a good production and maybe this band will enter some success through this. For me it is comparable with how it feels if Dracula would drink holy water. So please don’t ask me for a star rating because that wouldn’t be fair to the band and I haven’t heard anything compareable.

Cyanotic: Transhuman

 Posted by Shaun Phelps (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 08 2005
Artist: Cyanotic (@)
Title: Transhuman
Format: CD
Label: Glitch Mode Recordings
Distributor: Self-distributed
Rated: *****
Industrial music hybrid Cyanotic is a project by Sean Payne, Drew Rosander, and Brian Blake, three virtual unknowns, working under the production lead of Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, DJ? Acucrack) and Chris Cozort (Iammynewt). With their first full-length album, Transhuman, Cyanotic immediately prove their worth; ignoring the unspoken laws of how industrial/club music should be written and instead tearing out one of the most brutal and well composed releases of the current century.

Transhuman mixes the harsh industrial-metal guitars of Ministry, the abrasive breakcore beats and glitches of Venetian Snares, and the dance-floor crushing EBM sounds of Front Line Assembly and Numb; all with a precision that will leave fans of the afore-mentioned bands staring on in a stupor. This release is so aggressiveespecially the opening tracksthat it makes me want to get incredibly drunk and beat the living crap out of the first person or thing I see. Seriously.

It isn’t very often that a new industrial band has the potential to make such an impact above and beyond their own genre. Cyanotic has enough energy and brutality behind their first full-length album, and enough support by popular bands and labels alike to make Transhuman a big success. Cyanotic is in a very good position to take Transhuman and force-feed aggressive music fans everywhere the meal they’ve been begging for.


 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 07 2005
Title: Tellurique
Format: CD
Label: Season of Mist (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
I love this french combo, it was one of the first industrial band I've ever seen live, every once in while I still listen to their demo tape and it's still a blast into my ears after more than ten years. Many of you've probably heard or read about them but still can't figure out where, I think that can happen with such a band considering this trio has always followed its own path no matter why, ho or what. A friend of mine gave me an advanced cd with a couple of songs before "Tellurique" was even mastered and I immediately thought it was surprising. It's hard to pass the test of time and it's hard to rejuvenate but somehow they managed to do it. I can't say if Kill the Thrill are in living a "second youth", for sure their sound is vital and far from being anachronistic. Season of Mist present them by saying: " original style that can be seen as a crossroad between metal, industrial, post rock and new wave", while their industrial background probably runs deep into their veins, their music evolved slowly getting more refined and cathartic than ever. Reminiscences of Swans (during their melodic decadence), something of Cop Shoot Cop (the same class for the vocals), sparkle of french noise (can you remember the X-rated, Les Thugs, Deity Guns, etc...era?), a bit of Neurosis and Godflesh (in particular "Us and them" and "Selfless") and maybe Jesu. "Tragedy" has always been one of the main characteristics of this band from Marseilles, they just added more melody and elegance to their way of painting. Even if the industrial element is still strong, "Tellurique" can make a lot of people could fall in love, right when we're crossing an era of "Neurosis' beatification" in which bands such as like Isis or Jesu are getting popular among the hard-core/nu-metal listeners and right when a lot of goth people got more into "hard" music with sad melodies, well right then it's good for a band like Kill the Thrill to be in the midst of its maturity. Probably Kill the Thrill could be compared to an old french wine found in the basement and it tastes so good.

TARAS BUL'BA: Incisione

 Posted by Andrea Ferraris (@)   Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
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Jul 05 2005
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Artist: TARAS BUL'BA (@)
Title: Incisione
Format: CD
Label: Wallace (@)
Distributor: Audioglobe
Rated: *****
The first time I've heard about this band the rumor was they were super technical and heavy at the same time, the first approach came when I heard their song included in thee "P. O. Box" series on Wallace, it was a good song but probably a bit too long. After almost an year, here it is, their first full legth and in the meanwhile I've also happened to see them live. When dealing with Taras Bul'ba never forget it has to do with technique, heavines and structure. Don Caballero (the early records), King Krimson (mid-last period), a bit of post-hard core, a lot of math rock and bit of noise between the elements. Instrumental music based on cutting-riffs, hyperstructured phisical rock that hits like an uppercut breking a jaw. Fabio Magistrali sits behind the mixing desk and for those of you who still have no idea of who this "guy" is, he's without any doubt one of the most apprecciated/wanted sound engeÏneer here in Italy, the result is that "Incisione" hits like a bonecrusher. I think labelling this band with "technical" some of you may have thought "gosh! Probably this cd is boring as fuck", no way! I think they improved a lot from the early days since the instrumental tracks are still "songs" and not a useless and boring diplay of technique like many others. Heavy music for those who loved Mr. Fripp cult for solid-rock and discipline, but not just for them.

VV.AA.: Interbreeding VI: Subhuman: The Alien Agenda

 Posted by Marc Tater (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
Industrial Music / Industrial Metal / Aggro Industrial / Electro Metal
Industrial Noise / Power Noise / Harsh Noise
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Jul 01 2005
Artist: VV.AA. (@)
Title: Interbreeding VI: Subhuman: The Alien Agenda
Format: CD
Label: BLC Productions, e-noxe (@)
Distributor: Alive!, Metropolis Records
Rated: *****
This sixth release of the successful Interbreeding series is the companion disc to chapter V, "Terrorland". Also released as a single full length CD this new part offers again a strong quality in art, this time influenced by the classic "Alien" movie themes conducted again by Wilhelm "Deaddreamer" ( As usual also the music has some nice surprises and exclusives to offer. Spain’s best act PAIL make an excellent Dark Electro opener with "Society in Ruins", while BLC’s own THE PAIN MACHINERY return with splendid combination between Electro and Powernoise called "Active Armour". A new full length CD by this marvelous Swedish Industrial acts called "Hostile" is already on it’s way. RETRACTOR, signed to Black Flames from Poland, give an unreleased track "The March to Stalingrad" and like the title aptly describes – so it is! Hard and uncompromising Terror-EBM for the march on the dark dancefloors. The always well productive duo BRAINCLAW return on this Interbreeding comp with a promising outlook to their next CD with a special remix of the title track "Dead Monsters". With TACTIL VISION we have here the first time that an act can get a three-play appearance on this comp series. This one-man project combines dark Electro-influenced themes with some live experimentations – well, not my cup of tea. BLC’s own SYNAPTIC DEFECT return with a cold and almost Powernoise-like instrumental piece called "Morgue" and the Metropolis recording artist BATTERY CAGE give a special remix in their typical American-influenced Industrial style with some guitar sounds. Former BLC act AGONOIZE return with an unreleased remix of their track "Sexual Violation" which is miles better than the original version. And also FILAMENT 38 created a special Interbreeding Mix of their track "Suffocate" which follows their remarkable EBM/Electro lines. As I said, also this new and already sixth part of the Interbreeding series has a lot of goodies on board and it is worth the investigation. You have to hurry up because both Interbreeding V and VI are almost sold out and only a few are still available from the BLC website. Track listing:Part I : Act Of Coercion01. Pail - Society In Ruins02. The Pain Machinery - Active Armour03. Retractor - The March To Stalingrad04. Pine Tree State Mind Control - Incinerator05. Y-Luk-O - Ein Lied Von Der Freiheit06. Brainclaw - Dead Monsters ( Remix )Part II : Interlude In Experimentalism With Tactil Vision07. Tactil Vision - Escala08. Tactil Vision - Fleshtone09. Tactil Vision - Mass TransitionPart III : Destruction by Inches10. Synaptic Defect - Morgue11. Battery Cage - Dead Morning ( Vers Remix )12. Agonoize - Sexual Violation ( Dark Edit )13. Filament 38 - Suffocate ( Interbreeding Mix )Part IV : Benediction14. My Villain - Man Himself15. Para Normal - Numbers

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